No verdict yet in the Torrey Green rape trial

Defense attorney Skye Lazaro puts her arm around Torrey Green as the jury leaves the courtroom for deliberation during Green's rape trial, Thursday, Jan.17, 2019 in Brigham City, Utah. Green is accused of raping multiple women while he was a football player at Utah State University. (Eli Lucero/Court Pool via AP)

BRIGHAM CITY — The jury in the Torrey Green trial were sent home Thursday night without reaching a verdict. A judge sent the five men and three women home around 8 p.m. after they had been deliberating since noon.

Judge Brian Cannell told the court the jury indicated that they were tired wanted to start fresh in the morning. He ordered them back to the courtroom Friday morning saying, “We appreciate you efforts, working through the evidence. This isn’t a race.”

Green, who is a former Utah State football player is being charged with raping or sexually assaulting six women between November 2013 and August 2015, while a student. He faces five counts of rape; two counts of object rape; and one count of aggravated kidnapping; all first-degree felonies, and three counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

During closing arguments earlier in the day, deputy Cache County attorney Spencer Walsh once again described Green as a predator, whose charming appearances were deceiving. He placed a poster, showing the six victims in front of the jury, and said it was impossible for them, who didn’t know each other, to all accuse the defendant of similar sexually assaults. He used a chart, showing the similarities between the women’s stories.

Walsh asked the jury to find Green guilty, saying the defendant was a liar, who had raped the five women and sexually assaulted the sixth. He noted that defense attorneys hadn’t presented any evidence to show that the six victims had any motive to lie.

“He needs to be held accountable,” said Walsh. “The proof is there and the evidence is there.”

Green’s defense attorney, Skye Lazaro reminded the jurors how the six women waited between three-months to more than two-and-a-half years to report their assaults to police. She also noted how prosecutors didn’t file charges until after several victims went to the media.

Lazaro said nothing that Green did was against the law. “There is nothing about hooking up with girls and being on Tinder that is illegal,” she told the jurors, asking them to stand by their own convictions and find her client not guilty.

Green is being held in the Cache County jail without bail. He has been incarcerated since his arrest in October 2016, and could face up to life in prison if convicted.

The trial is being held in 1st Court in Brigham City after Judge Cannell previously granted a change of venue. It was originally scheduled to run through January 25.

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1 Comment

  • Aaron Allen January 18, 2019 at 11:02 pm Reply

    Disgusting. Justice was NOT served. He met the “victims” on the “Tinder” social media app. It is designed for immediate, no-strings-attached SEX. Each “victim” downloaded the app and searched for LOCAL people to “hook up” with. Each “victim” chatted back and forth with him. Each “victim” sent nude photos of themselves and saw his also. Each “victim” agreed to a sexual encounter—not a date, not scrapbooking, not a visit. Each “victim” asked for a sexual encounter. Each “victim” either gave out their address, or traveled to his, for the express purpose of sexual gratification and nothing else. Each “victim” stepped through the door, having already seen him nude and send a nude photo of themselves. Each “victim” got exactly as they wished: an immediate, no-strings-attached sexual encounter. Each “victim” then dressed and left his place, or walked him to their door, and said goodbye.

    And EACH “victim” stayed silent UNTIL he became famous as an NFL pick. All waited at least 100 days after the “rape.” Some waited almost 3 years to tell police. Does each “victim” now regret having aggressive, wild sex with a big athletic stranger? Yes.

    Is that the definition of “rape”? Regretting sex you asked for?

    So, sure, he’s a nasty, low-down dirtbag. And every “victim” is a nasty, low-down whore. Oh, these “sweet, delicate, tender, innocent victims” who each downloaded an adults-only, explicit , pornography-filled, hook-up app made expressly for local sex match-ups.

    Birds of a feather flock together. The only difference is his genitalia.

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